CESTiCC, RE-CAST and ACI Alaska Chapter present: The Role of Cementitious Materials in the Next Decade Webinar
- CESTiCC, RE-CAST and ACI Alaska Chapter present: The Role of Cementitious Materials in the Next Decade
- Inaugural Senior Scholar, Professor and Chair, Department of Civil, Architecture and Environmental Engineering
- University of Miami, Florida
This webinar presents a personal perspective on the potential impact of cementitious materials in the construction industry over the next decade. While it is true that today concrete and its derivatives are ubiquitous, their presence and use can only grow as academia and industry address the challenges of sustainability and resilience. The webinar briefly discusses some of the topics that will fuel this growth and can be considered low-hanging fruits. They include: a) new classes of binders complementing portland cement; b) non-corrosive reinforcement resulting in concrete without chloride limits; c) use of saltwater and recycled/alternative aggregates; and, d) brittle matrix composites for repair. Many other cutting-edge technologies such as nano-materials, ultra-high performance concrete, self-healing concrete, engineered cementitious composites and 3-D printing are not discussed as their impact will be most likely felt in the following decades. Advances and deployment of technology will make the concrete industry greener and more conscious of its environmental impact while, at the same time, providing means and methods to extend the useful life of existing concrete structures.
Professor Antonio Nanni is a structural engineer interested in construction materials, their structural performance, and field application. His interests are in the field of buildings and civil infrastructure sustainability, monitoring and renewal. He is the Co-Director of two federally funded centers: NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) for the Integration of Composites into Infrastructure (CICI); and Associate Director of the US DOT Tier-1 University Transportation Center on Research on Concrete Applications for Sustainable Transportation (RE-CAST). In the past 30 years, he has obtained experience in concrete and advanced composites-based systems as the principal investigator of projects sponsored by federal and state agencies and private industry. Over the course of this time, his constant efforts in materials and structures research have impacted the work of several technical committees in the US and abroad. Dr. Nanni is the Editor-in-Chief of the ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering and serves on the editorial board of other technical journals. He has advised over 60 graduate students pursuing MSc and PhD degrees, and published over 200 and 310 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings, respectively, in addition to co-authoring two books.
Dr. Nanni has maintained a balance between academic and practical experience and has received several awards including: 2014 IIFC Medal, International Institute for FRP in Construction; ASCE 2012 Henry L. Michel Award for Industry Advancement of Research; and, Engineering News-Record Award of Excellence for 1997, (Top 25 Newsmakers in Construction). He is a registered PE in Italy, FL, PA, MO, and OK.